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Here's to 80 Years of Social Security -- and at Least 80 More
Social Security is a major source of income for most of the seniors in this country; 9 out of 10 individuals older than 65 receive Social Security retirement payments. It’s one of our most beloved government institutions.
Jeb Bush: ‘Phase Out Medicare’
Medicare provides quality, affordable health care to seniors. It also is in its strongest fiscal shape in years thanks to the Affordable Care Act. So why does Republican Presidential candidate JEB! Bush want to “phase out this program?”
Retirees Build on Success, Look to Protect Retirement Security
More than 100 retirees gathered for the Alliance for Retired Americans Legislative Conference and the Annual AFSCME Retiree Council meeting in the nation’s capital this week, lobbying lawmakers to protect Social Security, Medicare and public pensions.
Retirement Security Fight Focused on Younger Workers
The White House Conference on Aging closed its regional meetings with AFSCME members from Rhode Island and Massachusetts demanding that retirement solutions be focused on protecting working people in their later years.
Retirees Demand Real Retirement Security at White House Events
Seniors called on officials to stand up and protect programs that offer real retirement security for Americans as regional White House forums continued in Phoenix and Seattle.
Low Savings Mean Retirement Insecurity
Pensions have all but vanished in most workplaces, replaced (if at all) by 401(k)-style savings plans that leave whatever dollars that are put aside for the long haul to the wild gyrations of the stock market.
Congress' First Act: Attack on Social Security
The corporate-led effort to undermine the nation’s social safety net got off to a quick start in the new Congress, led by extremist lawmakers who ultimately want to privatize Social Security.
‘Dreaming of a Fair Governor’ in Missouri
Home care attendants, their clients and community members last week visited the home of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, singing him such Christmas carols as “Home Care Workers Are Coming to Town” and “I’m Dreaming of a Fair Governor.”
Retirees, AFSCME President Talk Midterm Elections’ Importance
Last week, thousands of retiree members across the country participated in an AFSCME Retirees teletown hall with AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders to discuss what’s at stake in the fall elections and commit to volunteer in the final days of the campaign.
Senator Warren, Koch Sisters Lead Rally to Protect Social Security, Medicare
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren rallied some 300 activists on Capitol Hill Thursday. She was joined by the anti-Koch brothers “Koch Sisters” and several other members of Congress who promised to stand strong against tea-party attacks on the social safety net.
Shhh… Medicare Costs Are Going Down
Contrary to conventional wisdom, Medicare costs aren’t a budget buster. The nonpartisan budget scorekeeper, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), reported last week that Medicare spending is declining.
GOP Govs Cutting Off Noses To Spite… Obama
Millions of Americans are waiting for medical care because they live in states whose legislatures or governors are obstructing the Affordable Care Act out of pure political spite.
AFSCME Retirees Attend ARA Convention in Las Vegas
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders was a featured speaker at the event.
AFSCME Retiree Makes Big Impact through PEOPLE
Retiree Dennis Patrick sends $500 check to AFSCME’s political action program.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren to AFSCME Members: It’s Time to Go on Offense
One of our champions, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, dropped by AFSCME last week. Read what she had to say to our members.
Social Security at 78 – Going Strong, Worth Fighting For
Our children and grandchildren deserve a chance at a safe and secure retirement.
President Saunders on MSNBC: We March to Change Our Country for the Better
On PoliticsNation, Pres. Lee Saunders discussed the fight for civil rights and opportunity in America.
Medicare on Its Anniversary: Strong and Built to Last
Federal program guarantees health benefits for 50 million seniors and people with disabilities.
AFSCME.TV: Nurses Are the Heart of Health Care
Hundreds of AFSCME nurses gathered to fight for improved conditions for nurses and patients.
Your Story Can Make a Difference
The work you do every day makes a difference. So do your stories. Share your story at www.afscme.org/story.
President Obama’s Budget Is a Mixed Bag
Proposal calls for serious cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
Double-Speak on the Debt Crisis
Fix the Debt’s real motive is not to fix the debt, but to protect the tax loopholes that benefit its members.
AFSCME Members Take their Message to the Hill
Workers from across the country went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby their legislators.
Workers Rally on Capitol Hill for “Jobs, Not Cuts”
Show of solidarity unites members of AFSCME, AFL-CIO, AFGE, SEIU, CWA.
UPDATED: AFSCME Members Gather to Watch State of the Union
Check back for live reactions from the address. And play SOTU bingo at home.
AFSCME's New and Young Members United in Demanding Jobs, Not Cuts
Join a National Day of Action event to help end the budget showdown in Capitol Hill.
Millennials Want to Protect Social Security and Medicare
Tele-town hall will help young AFSCME members in the fight to protect vital programs.
Who Are the “Working Poor”?
New study is sobering reminder of why we must protect the nation’s economic safety net.
Register Now for Dynamic Legislative Conference
Want to raise your voice for workers? Come to Washington, DC, and do just that.
Congress Passes Tax Cuts for Middle Class
AFSCME will be vigilant about proposed slashing of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.
Wall Street Journal Duo: You’re Not Working Hard Enough
Right-wing bloggers Biggs and Richwine ignore data that show lay-offs cut public services.
Protect Medicare, Protect Nurses
Cuts to Medicare would mean job losses for nurses. AFSCME is working to stop them.
Call Congress to Protect the Middle Class – I Did
Working men and women pay the bills of this country. We deserve a fair shake.
White House Official Thanks AFSCME Members for Work
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett spoke with members of the union’s International Executive Board.
Saunders on Fiscal Showdown: ‘Our Message Is Very Clear’
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders discussed the grassroots push for legislation that puts working families first.
Union Ads Echo Voters’ Voices from Across the Country
TV and radio ads by AFSCME, SEIU and NEA are airing in select states.
In Meeting with Labor Leaders, Obama Vows to Stand behind Middle Class
Pres. Lee Saunders says AFSCME is ready to “keep the pressure on” during budget negotiations.
America’s Workers Fed Up With Romney’s Say Anything Strategy
You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool AFSCME members any time.
Romney-Ryan Medicare Plan Picks Seniors’ Pockets
Changing Medicare to a “voucher” system means higher premiums for 6 out of 10 seniors.
Vice Presidential Debate Highlights Fight for Fairness
On MSNBC, Pres. Lee Saunders says Joe Biden made the case for the middle class.
This Campaign Hits Home for Workers
AFSCME members, president tackle 1% Mitt Romney’s attack on the 47%
Romney Shakes the Etch-A-Sketch Again
The candidate who doesn’t care about the poor or the 47% also disregards the truth.
Meet Richard Hayes: He Collects Mitt Romney’s Trash
Videos spotlight public service workers, underscore Romney’s arrogant dismissal of nearly half of all Americans.
Romney Uninterested in Half of Country He Wants to Lead
Candidate calls 47 percent of the country freeloaders because they voted for President Obama.
Obama: The Choice for a Stronger America Is Now Ours
A vow to strengthen Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid.
DNC Speakers Emphasize Message of Inclusion
Bill Clinton, Richard Trumka and Benita Veliz among those who addressed the convention’s second night.
Paul Ryan Acceptance Speech Light on Reality
Wisconsin retirees: Paul Ryan would “tear seniors’ safety net to shreds.”
They Said What?!
Remarks from anti-worker governors at the Republican National Convention had us scratching our heads.
On Social Security’s Birthday: Strengthen and Preserve It (Medicare, Too!)
Celebrating our country’s most successful insurance program for individuals, retirees, the disabled and family survivors.
Romney Taps Medicare-Slashing Paul Ryan as VP Pick
Congressman designed a budget that hurts seniors, working families.
Happy Birthday Medicare. Here’s to Many More, Free of Right-Wing Attack
Celebrating 47 years of Medicare and Medicaid, pillars of our nation’s health and economic security.
AFSCME Member Discusses Retirement Security at White House
New York retiree Stuart Leibowitz spoke of the need to preserve Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
U.S. Supreme Court: Obamacare is Constitutional
High court upholds President Obama’s health care reform law, which AFSCME helped champion.
Alan Simpson Slams Seniors Group for Disagreeing With Him on Social Security
Former Sen. Alan Simpson targets seniors for standing up for retirement security.
Romney’s Clearer Path Thrusts Ryan Budget in the Spotlight
Republican budget plan attacks working families, slashes benefits, and ends Medicaid coverage for millions.
Five Myths about the Ryan Budget
The top myths about Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan in 140 characters or less.
The Ryan Republican Budget, v2.0
GOP re-releases last year’s budget, plan decimates programs to give tax breaks to the wealthy.
House GOP’s Cantor Says Medicare & Medicaid Promises May Not Be Kept
As programs turn 46, Rep. Cantor threatens to hang millions of Americans out to dry.
Default: It’s Not Just a Game of Politics
Federally funded state programs could get hammered if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.
Ad Campaign Launched to Pressure Lawmakers to Do the Right Thing
AFSCME-sponsored TV ads target eight members of Congress on debt ceiling vote.
Enough Is Enough!
Hundreds rally at the U.S. Capitol to oppose deep cuts to the social safety net.
Americans Reject Cuts to the Middle Class, Favor Higher Taxes on the Wealthy, Corporations
New poll shows voters oppose the Republican plan to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Shared Sacrifice? Not in the ‘Gang of Six’ Plan
Ad tells it straight about the shortcomings of the “Gang of Six” deficit plan.
Gut & Scrap
The Republican proposal to gut and scrap Medicare looks like the Ryan plan on steroids.
Protesters Spread the News: Keep Hands Off Medicare
Opposition to Republican budget makes headlines at a town hall meeting held at DC's Newseum.
Rep. Ryan Wants to Push Retirees Back into the “Donut Hole”
Budget proposal would repeal Affordable Care Act provisions providing relief from high prescription drug costs.
Hands Off Medicare
Senate must reject the Ryan budget plan that would eliminate Medicare as we know it.
Newt Gingrich, Defender of Medicare?
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich criticizes House GOP proposal to cut Medicare.
Shining a Light on House GOP Budget Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid
The Republican budget plan replaces Medicare with a voucher system and slashes Medicaid spending.
AFSCME Nurses in DC this Week to Fight for Medicaid, Medicare
National Nurses Congress attendees will attend workshops, hear speakers and meet with members of Congress.
Republicans Take Aim at Social Security
Republican legislators in both the U.S. House and Senate have now started moving toward cutting Social Security.
Maryland State Workers Score Big With New Contract
Voters Want a Recovery That Works for Everyone
“Angry voters sent a clear message on Tuesday: Much, much more must be done to put America back to work. But voters rejected right-wing and Tea Party candidates [...]
Social Security Sense and Nonsense
In a new paper and podcast I’ve tried to correct some of the misinformation that critics of Social Security have been spreading about the program. Here are the facts. Social Security is a well-run, fiscally responsible program.
Wake Up, Washington! Securing Retirement
Americans should be able to enjoy a secure retirement after a lifetime of work. AFSCME is participating in “Wake Up, Washington!” Month to encourage Americans across the country to tell lawmakers to keep their hands off Social Security [...]
America's Failed 401(k) Experiment
While the unfunded pension liabilities in many public retirement funds have received an inordinate amount of attention, the larger retirement deficit of most Americans is not generating the level of concern that it deserves.
Celebrate 75 Years of Social Security
This year, over 53 million Americans will receive a benefit they earned and count on from Social Security. For an economy that has failed many, Social Security provides certainty in an uncertain time.
Call Your Senators Today to Protect a Million Jobs
Earlier this year, Democrats in the Senate tried three times to pass legislation that would help states deal with growing Medicaid rolls, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor.
Keep Your Hands Off Social Security!
Years after George W. Bush’s failed attempts to privatize Social Security, his cohorts are renewing calls for privatization. This time they’re using deficit reduction as an excuse.
A Quick Take on CEO Pay
Social Security, Still Healthy After All These Years
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